Iraq reports 40 hemorrhagic fevers cases, 8 deaths

Baghdad: The Iraqi Ministry of Health has said that about 40 cases of viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) were registered in the country, eight of whom have died.

Twenty-three infections and five deaths were registered in Iraq’s southern province of Dhi Qar, Xinhua news agency reported, citing a statement by the ministry’s spokesman Sayf al-Badr.

Al-Badr said the latest death was confirmed earlier Friday in the northern province of Kirkuk.

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The first VHF case was detected in Dhi Qar last month and later appeared in several provinces, he added.

VHFs are a group of diseases caused by several different viruses, which affects multiple organ systems in the body and may be accompanied by fever and bleeding.

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